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Weekly News Round-Up for December 13th
posted by: Melissa | December 13, 2019, 06:29 PM   

Each week, AAE brings its members a round-up of what’s happening in education. From big, eye-catching headlines to the stories most papers overlook, we find the news our members really want to see. This week: A shooting update, a civics test, some new clinics, and more!


State of the Response to School Shootings: After the school shootings in Wisconsin last week, many media outlets reported on how schools, districts, and other authorities have been reacting to them so far. Highlights included an update on the debate over armed teachers, reporting on new classroom equipment, and a story on what we know about preventing school shootings. ABC provided the bigger picture in its summation of school shooting events this year.


Florida Requires a Civics Test: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has unveiled a new high school graduation requirement: A civics test. The test will be similar the one immigrants take when they become U.S. citizens. It’s part of the governor’s plan to put more emphasis on civics education in the state. The test will be implemented in the 2020-21 school year.


Planned Parenthood Working with L.A. Schools: On Wednesday, Planned Parenthood, L.A. Public Schools, and the county’s health department announced a new partnership. Planned Parenthood will be opening clinics at 50 area high schools. The program will offer information on birth control options, treatment for STDs, and counseling. It will not provide information on abortions. In addition, it will train students to be “peer advocates” who can provide accurate information on sexual and reproductive health to other teens.


Happening Elsewhere:

Deep freeze: Schools closed for snow days in Northeast, subzero temperatures in Midwest

Online coding program to be launched in 2020 for state’s high school students

Proposed Illinois School Rules Would Ban Secluded Timeouts

Kansas board urges schools to ban vaping, even for visitors

Minnesota schools grapple with school safety concerns, parental angst

Utah’s governor and tech leaders want every school to have a computer science class by 2022

1 in 5 Utahns is a public school student; fall ’19 enrollment tops 666,000

New changes to Utah law could make it harder to build new schools

District Isn't Liable for 8-Year-Old Who Killed Himself, Cincinnati School Officials Say

Lawrence school board votes to join vaping litigation

Possible Norovirus Outbreak, Over 100 Sick, Shuts Down Seattle School

A New York high school has canceled its 'Tarzan' musical production after racism complaints

A high school in North Dakota calls its teams the ‘Midgets.’ Activists want that changed.

Scandal Over Stolen School Lunch Money Could Go to Trial

Axe Body Spray prank gets school bus evacuated; 15 treated for 'mild respiratory irritation'

Swastika, Confederate flags on display near Iowa elementary school 'sickens' school officials

School Bus Evacuated Because Rider Used Too Much Axe Body Spray

“None of the Children at the School Are Safe”

Michelle Obama surprises DC elementary public school with $100,000 and gifts

School stops student from creating club considered too Christian


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